One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Spoken or done without preparation.‘an extemporary prayer’
extempore, extemporaneous, impromptu, spontaneous, unscripted, ad lib, on-the-spotView synonyms
- ‘It reflects the fact that it is a December 22 extemporary judgment, perhaps.’
- ‘These are contrasted with ideas that are merely ‘arbitrary, rationalistic, or willed’, based on extemporary polemics.’
- ‘The format must be manipulated and contrived to prevent anything extemporary or natural from happening on the screen.’
- ‘An extemporary campaign organised on an Internet discussion forum resulted in a flood of complaints to the news station.’
- ‘It is said that he was the first to introduce extemporary praying in public worship, an important development which took place at this time.’
- ‘The judgment says what it says, and we are not going to say anything extemporary which modifies what we have said in the judgment.’
Late 16th century: from extempore, on the pattern of temporary.
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